Flash Fiction: Troop 892

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Troop 892

 By Sean C. Wright Neeley

We had them right where we wanted them. The sergeant’s plan of attack had been perfect, at first. We dive-bombed, and drove the beings – one-hundred times as big as us – screaming and swatting the air as they took cover in their barracks. We could see their huge, terrified eyes through the screen door, looking out at us as we dipped and swooped in the air, daring them to come out for more. They were bigger, but there were more of us. We thought we won.

Until.

Bigger beings arrived. The smaller ones inside the cabin called out to them. We started after the the bigger beings, but they ran away too fast for us to catch them. The bigger beings returned, all armed with cans of gas. They sprayed them at my men, and stopped them in mid-flight. They fell, and the bigger beings stomped them to death. I got one in the arm. It cursed loudly, and brushed me off. It tried to spray me with the deadly gas, and missed. I flew away, like a coward, and watched the carnage from a nearby bush.

Next came our home’s destruction, after all my comrades were dead. A bigger being knocked down our nest that had been anchored to the cabin porch’s ceiling, and stomped it, too, before discarding it. Our eggs! Our larvae! I am Troop 892’s only survivor, but more will come, and bring retribution to these big, horrible things. We are wasps, and we don’t give up that easily.

This short story is loosely based on a real-life incident of mine. I went to Girl Scout camp in my youth, and my troop was unlucky enough to get a cabin with a wasp nest on the porch. They must have been dormant when we arrived that evening, because we didn’t notice. They went crazy the next morning when we returned from an activity, dive-bombing us and driving us into the cabin. We were trapped for a good 30 minutes. Adults (our troop leaders) eventually came & rescued us with insecticide and a whole lot of bravery.

I wondered how the wasps felt, simply trying to defend their home. Voila! The concept of this story. Our troop number really was 892.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

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More than Words

When we think of proofreaders, we usually visualize people who tell the difference between “their, they’re, and there.” But, they are also quality control people. I once saw an ad, advertising cantaloupe, and it had a watermelon pictured. Here is another example of the wrong image portrayed on a product:

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My point? Invest in a proofreader for more than just finding mistakes in written words. They spot egregious visual errors, factual inconsistencies, and more. Happy writing!

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Book Recommendation: One of Us is Lying

I am thoroughly enjoying this book, One of Us Is Lying. High school kids meet for detention, and one ends up dead. Who did it? Breakfast Club Meets Clue:

Author: Karen M. McManus

Length: 416 pages

Genre: Young adult

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Book Recommendation: Honey Riley

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The Knowing came that Indian summer. Honey’s head ached and her limbs tingled. . . Honey Riley, born of violence, inherits the precious gift of clairvoyance. Her extraordinary talent keeps others from harm, but can’t protect her or the ones she loves from tragedy. Even though her heroic life often smacks of pain, Honey unselfishly remains loyal to her sixth sense in her 75-year journey. . .

Title: Honey Riley

Author: Sean C. Wright

Genre: Fiction/Supernatural novella

Length: 84 pages

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Lady Rougepen Says: Learn Va-Va-Va-Voom Victorian Vocabulary

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Break out your bonnet! It’s time to learn some some phrases from an era when Queen Victoria ruled England, and things were chaste, but interesting.

Butter up the bacon – a statement of excess. An alternate phrase is “over-egging the pudding.”

Cop a mouse – get a black eye

Gigglemug – a face, always on the verge of smiling or laughter

Got the morbs  – feeling blue or depressed, as in “morbid.”

Make a stuffed bird laugh – so ridiculous, cheesy.

Cat-lap – a weak drink, as in it’s too “soft.”

Other interesting history from this era:

The terms “light” or “dark” meat, to describe chicken, came about in the 1890s to replace the “obscene” words chicken “breasts” and “thighs.”

Cupid was a buffed, Adonis-type figure. The Victorians replaced it with a sweet chubby baby, devoid of any sexuality.

I personally love the Victorian era’s class, when it wasn’t being ridiculously prude. The ruffles, the cabbage rose-print on nearly everything. What are some of your favorite things from that era? I hope it’s not Jack the Ripper!

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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